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Reflections for the Feast of Holy Family

On the Feast of the Holy Family we offer all the members of our own families on the altar for God’s blessing. Homily starter anecdote: Grandparents are a treasure: Pope Francis said that as a child, he heard a story of a family with a mother, father, many children and a grandfather. The grandfather, suffering from Parkinson’s [...]

"Urbi et Orbi" Christmas Message and Blessing of Pope Francis

On Christmas Day Pope Francis prays for world peace and gives his "Urbi et Orbi" blessing Pope Francis has appealed for peace and for a world in which children across the globe may be able to hope for a future of justice, security and joy. The Pope's words came on Christmas Day as he addressed the city and the world during his traditional [...]

Pope at Angelus tells the faithful to prepare for the coming of the Lord

Pope Francis on Sunday told the faithful that Advent is a time to make space for the coming Jesus in our lives. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis reflected on the reading of the day in which the prophet Isaiah said: “A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the [...]

Pope contemplates Our Lady of Sorrows at Santa Marta Mass

Pope Francis’ homily at the Mass in the Casa Santa Marta this morning focused on the figure of Our Lady of Sorrows, whose feast day the Church celebrates on September 15th. Contemplating the Mother of Jesus We need to contemplate the Mother of Jesus, said the Pope, we need to contemplate “this sign of contradiction, because [...]

Pope in Colombia at Mass

‘Peace requires healing of sins’ Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Cartagena’s port area on Sunday at the conclusion of his Apostolic Visit to Colombia. The Holy Father reflected on the peace that Jesus brings through the community and how necessary it is for Colombian society. “For decades Colombia has yearned for peace”, he said, “but, as Jesus teaches, [...]

Pope in Colombia celebrates Mass, beatifies 2 martyrs

“Mary is the first light who announces night’s end, and above all, the impending day”, Pope Francis said during Mass on Friday to celebrate the Nativity of Mary and the beatification of two martyred Colombian clerics in Villavicencio. Keeping to the theme of his visit to Colombia, that of ‘Reconciliation and Peace,’ the Holy Father reflected [...]

Pope Francis holds General Audience: English Summary

Pope Francis held his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square, continuing his catechesis on Christian hope. He focused his remarks on Jesus' Our Father prayer as presented in the Gospel of Luke (11:1-4) and on "The Fatherhood of God, wellspring of our Hope". Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, we [...]

Open your heart to the Holy Spirit

It is only the Holy Spirit Who can teach us to say: “Jesus is the Lord.” That was the focus of Pope Francis’ reflections during the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Monday. The Holy Father emphasized that we must open our hearts in order to hear the Holy Spirit, and thus be able [...]

Jesus' peace is real and not the world’s anesthetized peace

True peace is not man-made but a gift of the Holy Spirit.  "A peace without a cross is not the peace of Jesus" for it is only the Lord who can give us peace amidst tribulations. This was the central message of the homily of Pope Francis at Mass, Tuesday morning, in the chapel of the [...]

Christian hope is born on Easter morning

Our faith was born with the Risen Jesus on Easter morning. That was Pope Francis message at his General Audience on Wednesday as he continued his catechesis on the meaning of our Christian hope. Reflecting on the words of St Paul to the early Christian community in Corinth, the Pope said Jesus himself is our hope [...]

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